Train detector dogs

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CSCDH405A, 'Train detector dogs'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Train detector dogs' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1Identify the role of the detector dog.

1.1 Identify the role of the detector dog in the organisation, including its purpose and application.

2Train and maintain skills proficiency in detector dogs.

2.1 Identify factors that affect the training and proficiency maintenance of detector dogs.

2.2 Use training methods that indicate an understanding of humane and positive conditioning principles.

2.3 Determine positive indicators of a target odour through repetitive exposure and positive reinforcement.

2.4 Monitor and interpret the outcomes of training and operational deployment, applying appropriate remedial exercises that maintain the validity of the detection.

2.5 Regularly assess the training of the dog against the guidelines of the organisation.

3Conduct an operational deployment of a detector dog.

3.1 Deploy the detector dog to detect target odours in a range of areas and situations determined by the organisation.

3.2 Deploy the detector dog according to organisational guidelines and workplace health and safety policies.

3.3 Identify external factors that limit the capabilities of the detector dog to function efficiently.

3.4 Interpret the behaviour and responses of the detector dog and take appropriate action as determined by the organisation.

3.5 Interact with the detector dog to maintain an enthusiastic, effective and appropriate level of work and behaviour in required locations.

3.6 Maintain the integrity of a crime scene/detection situation and follow organisational guidelines on the preservation of evidence.

4Record and report on the proficiency of detector dog.

4.1 Complete training records of detector dog required by the organisation and other concerned agencies.

4.2 Complete records and reports concerned with the deployment of detector dog as required by the organisation.

5Develop and maintain own professional competence.

5.1 Undertake personal skill development.

5.2 Monitor and obtain feedback on work performance.

5.3 Identify opportunities to use new skills in workplace activities.

Qualifications and Skillsets

CSCDH405A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CSC40107 - Certificate IV in Correctional Practice
  • CSC40112 - Certificate IV in Correctional Practice